The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act. No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in. If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. California’s funding runs out in December.
Time to call our Congressman and to tell him to reauthorize CHIP ASAP. Say something like:
I hope the Congressman will work to re-authorize CHIP. What is he doing to ensure that California’s CHIP funding doesn’t run out in December? [I was promised a response – we’ll see]